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Rolling Covered Calls Out-And-Up Means Adding Cash to the Position

One of the covered call writing exit strategies in our arsenal as expiration approaches is rolling in-the-money strikes out-and-up. This involves buying back the near-month strike and selling a higher strike in the next contract period. Since there is an intrinsic-value component to the cost-to-close, we must add additional cash to the position in order […]

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BCI PODCAST 63 Rolling Decisions on Expiration Friday

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: There are multiple exit strategies available to us as covered call writers or put-sellers. In this podcast, 2 such strategies will be discussed using a real-life series of trades with Veeva Systems, Inc. (VEEV). BCI calculators will be used to highlight the most important trading decisions. BECOME A BCI […]

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Using the Elite-Plus Calculator for “Hitting a Double” Results: A Real-Life Example with Redfin Corp. (NASDAQ: RDFN)

One of the covered call writing exit strategies available to us is hitting double. In March 2021, Duane shared with me a trade he executed using this strategy and inquired about how to enter this series of trades into the BCI Elite-Plus Calculator.   What is hitting a double? This position management tool is implemented […]

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Understanding Brokerage Statements for Covered Call Writing: A Real-Life Example with Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE: XLE)

Our covered call writing and put-selling broker statements can be confusing when starting our option-selling careers. This article will detail the first 3 steps of our covered call trades (stock purchase, option sale and buy-to-close limit order) using XLE as reflected in one of my broker accounts.   Purchase of shares to initiate a covered […]

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BCI PODCAST 62 Should I Unwind My Covered Call Trade 1 Week Prior to Contract Expiration?

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: There are several types of covered call writing calculations we must understand and not confuse. We have initial trade structuring, final calculations, long stock and short call calculations. Capital gains and losses can be realized or unrealized. A real-life example with Guidewire Software, Inc. (GWRE) is highlighted to explain […]

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Ask Alan #184 – Strike Price Selections for Collar Trades

Alan answers a question posed by Dennis, who asks: Alan, I like the idea of adding protective puts to my covered call trades. What is the best way to decide on the best call and put strike prices? Thanks, Dennis ——— It’s the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Time for another original episode of Ask […]

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Reversing Delta with the PCP Strategy: A Real-Life Example with Etsy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETSY)

The PCP Strategy, called the “wheel strategy” outside the BCI community, involves selling cash-secured puts and covered calls. One of the ultra low-risk strategies developed by the BCI team involves selling weekly cash-secured puts with Deltas of 10 (-0.10) or less with an annualized return goal range of 10% to 20%. This article will highlight […]

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Converting High Volatility ETFs to Conservative Cash-Generating Positions: A Real-Life Example with Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF (NYSE: LIT)

The covered call writing and put-selling premiums we receive are directly related to the implied volatility (IV) of the underlying securities. This is true of both stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). How do we manage elite-performing securities that generate extremely high returns for near-the-money strikes? In other words, can we use these securities and mitigate […]

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BCI PODCAST 61- Realized Versus Unrealized Capital Gains (Losses) for Covered Call Writing

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: There are several types of covered call writing calculations we must understand and not confuse. We have initial trade structuring, final calculations, long stock and short call calculations. Capital gains and losses can be realized or unrealized. A real-life example with Guidewire Software, Inc. (GWRE) is highlighted to explain […]

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Analyzing a Rolling-Up Covered Call Writing Trade: A Real-Life Example with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI)

Covered call writing exit strategies include rolling-out and rolling-out-and-up but what about rolling-up in the same contract month? On January 4, 2021, Court shared with me a series of trades she executed with SBGI where a covered call trade was rolled-up as share price accelerated. This article will dissect all aspects of the trades and […]

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